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Save Your Workers' Lungs & OSHA's Staggering Penalties for Violations of Crystalline Silica Rules

Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 08:52 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in safety, savings


Last year, we wrote about OSHA's new enforcement focus on violations of crystalline silica rule, which became more stringent in 2017. Since the enforcement is ramping up, and fees associated with non-compliance automatically go up each year, we thought a re-post of our last year's blog about using the wet method suppression is relevant. Check out the video added at the end of the blog.

Parker 7084 Series Twinhammer hose conveys both air to power the jackhammer and water to spray down the work area to supress RCS. Use for compliance wtih OSHA RCS laws.

Use Conversion Kit to upgrade virtually any jackhammer to OSHA compliant tool.

Since September 2017, OSHA has required the construction industry to comply with new regulations for respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure in the workplace. This new standard was enacted to protect workers from airborne silica particles that are generated by grinding, cutting, drilling, sawing and crushing materials such as stone, rock, concrete, brick and mortar. Inhalation of these particles can cause severe health issues including silicosis, lung cancer, COPD and kidney disease. In response, Parker developed the 7084 Series Twinhammer hose and a conversion kit to convert virtually any jackhammer to a tool compliant with OSHA RCS rules.


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Inventory Reduction of Bulk Hydraulic Hose with Parker GlobalCore

Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:00 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in savings


Most maintenance managers and other professionals responsible for keeping machinery running are not likely to agree with accountants on the quantity of spare parts needed in stock. Accountants try to limit inventory of parts on hand, which in some cases sit around for months before being used. The accountants recognize that stocking large quantities of spare parts ties up company’s money in inventory and decreases the company’s profitability.

On the other hand, maintenance professionals often need to have a large quantity of parts on hand in order to keep the machinery running and down-time to a minimum. Since they have no way of knowing which machine will break down next, and which parts will be needed to fix it, inventory reduction is not high on their list of improvements. Machinery sitting idle while waiting for a replacement part can also kill profits in a hurry.

Both the accountants and the maintenance staff have a point. The challenge for MRO organizations is finding the right balance of stocking enough parts to not run out without tying up too much cash in the inventory.

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What Is Causing Your Hydraulic System to Leak?

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 12:23 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, savings


Did you know that over 100 million gallons of hydraulic fluid are lost each year due to preventable leaks?

Hydraulic leaks cost many companies a lot of money in man-hours to find and fix the repairs, replacement hydraulic oil, and machine down-time. Hydraulic fluid leaks can also lead to possible EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) monetary fines or, worse yet, plant closures. Most hydraulic leaks occur at threaded connections. The following are causes of, and tips to prevent, leaks:

The first step in preventing a hydraulic fluid leak is in design:

  • Design a system with as few joint or thread connections as possible.
  • Properly support the tubes, pipes and hoses conveying the hydraulic fluid. Vibration could result in joint or connection failure.

Poor repair and maintenance practices can also contribute to leaks in the system:

O-ring failure could be the cause of leakage.

  • Make sure the O-ring material is compatible with the media being conveyed
  • Make sure the O-ring material is rated for the expected temperature range
  • Make sure the O-ring did not get pinched during installation

Improper connection assembly is another common source of hydraulic leaks:

  • Over-tightening a JIC connection
  • Using a 45° flare tube nut instead of a 37° flare in JIC tube end connections
  • Missing sleeve on JIC or SAE flare tube connections
  • Missing, or incorrectly applied, thread sealant on pipe threads
  • Bite not preset correctly in a bite-type connection

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Genuine Parker Parts Program | 3-Year Leak Free Warranty

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:33 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in savings


Parker's Three-Year Genuine Parts Warranty - a program for hydraulic component manufacturers.

Under the Genuine Parker Parts Program your customers receive the highest quality, most efficient fluid conveying system available, backed by Parker anywhere in the world. In the unlikely scenario of a problem with a leak, a Parker-trained technician will be dispatched to provide support anywhere it’s required.


  • Reduced assembly cost through reducing number of parts
  • Reduced assembly cost through faster system assembly
  • Optimal flow through optimal hose and tube sizing
  • Minimal pressure loss
  • Reduced leak paths
  • Increased system accessibility
  • Reduced number of connections
  • Increased reliability with Parker products
  • Improved appearance

How it Works:

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Save Money on Electricity by Installing Parker Regulators

Fri, Apr 29, 2011 @ 02:50 PM / by Marek Bobik posted in maintenance, savings


There are two major costs associated with using any pneumatic system. One is the cost of electricity to run air compressors, and the other is the cost of maintenance and repair of your entire pneumatic system. Air preparation products (filters, regulators and lubricators or FRLs) are important parts in controlling costs in both areas. Read on to learn how regulators fit in.

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